As temperatures drop, warming shelters open their doors in St. Louis area

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-People throughout the area stood in lines this weekend, trying to enter various warming centers set up to keep people warm. The homeless are at particular risk of hypothermia, and even death.

Officials in the city of St. Louis say freezing temperatures and excessively cold conditions were of special concern this weekend. "When temperatures get dangerously could we need to get people who experience homelessness off the streets and into a safe, warm facility," said Irene Agustin, Program Manager for the city's homeless efforts.

Those we met at one city facility Sunday night were grateful for a place to go. "I would be dead, in jail, sleeping under a bridge or in a box or something," Kevin Turnbold said.

You can find a list of warming shelters in the city of St. Louis here.

You can find out about homeless services available in St. Louis County here.